Former New York Times editor: Open-minded, compassionate Catholics must flee the Catholic Church

"This is a lost cause,” wrote Bill Keller, the NYT's executive editor from 2003 to 2011.
Fri Jun 22, 2012 - 6:14 pm EST

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, June 22, 2012, ( – The former editor of the New York Times has written an op-ed stating that open-minded and thoughtful Catholics should leave the Roman Catholic Church, because liberals will never be able to change the Church’s stance on social issues.

“Much as I wish I could encourage the discontented, the Catholics of open minds and open hearts, to stay put and fight the good fight, this is a lost cause,” wrote Bill Keller, who was the newspaper’s executive editor from 2003 to 2011.

Instead, he says, Catholics who dissent from the Magisterium on issues like gay ‘marriage’ and ordination of women should break away.

Keller says he attended one such independent Catholic group, Spiritus Christi Church in Rochester, which celebrates gay-marriage and has a female pastor. It is not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Deal Hudson, who ran the Republican Party’s Catholic voter outreach, has noted Keller’s anti-Catholic bias in the past. Writing in The American Spectator, Hudson said Keller’s secular liberalism and disdain for his fellow Catholics “explains much about the decline of the newspaper under his leadership.”

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Keller wrote his latest op-ed responding to a new book, Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century by Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Keller calls Donahue the “Rottweiler’s Rottweiler,” Pope Benedict XVI’s attack dog, because of Donohue’s frequent press releases in defense of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

  bill donohue, bill keller, media bias, new york times

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